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Freedom House: Ukraine: Infighting Threatens Anti-Corruption and Prosecutorial Reforms

Freedom House: Ukraine: Infighting Threatens Anti-Corruption and Prosecutorial ReformsConflict in Donbas prevents conducting reforms in Ukraine.

Following reports that agents of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB) were illegally detained and abused by prosecutors from the Department for Investigating Serious Economic Crimes, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Evidence including video testimony released by the NACB detailing allegations of serious abuse by prosecutors raises grave concerns about the progress of anti-corruption and prosecutorial reforms in Ukraine,” said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president. “Proponents of reform are being opposed by representatives of the old system seeking to maintain their power and privileges. President Poroshenko and Prosecutor General Lutsenko should oversee an immediate, effective investigation of these allegations of abuse by government officials and renew their commitment to rooting out officials who seek a return to the old system.”
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